Chocolate Covered Strawberries…And a second wedding anniversary
“Sometimes marriage is like having an annoying roommate, but mostly it’s like getting to have a sleep over every night with your very best friend” unknown
Last year in my post “12 Things the First Year of Marriage Has Taught Me“, I wrote about how much we grew our first year as husband and wife, but that as we grow, there is always pain involved because we are being stretched. This year there was a lot less stretching and a lot more melding. The way I see it now, the first year is for “ironing”. Proverbs 27:17 says, as iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens another friend. To sharpen something means to grind away abrasiveness, to improve, and to increase smoothness and become more polished. A husband or wife is someone who will lovingly challenge (sharpen) you to become better, to be more patient, and to grow in areas that you yourself know you need to come up higher. And as we sharpen each other, negative attitudes and bad habits are softened ever so gradually until those imperfections are eventually removed. The process can be a bit painful but what follows is simply beautiful.
Instead of listing things I learned this year, I decided instead to publicly thank the guy who is my everything behind the scenes. He is not only my husband, but he’s my business partner, my personal IT department, my confidant, my teacher, my shoulder to cry on, my favorite comedian, and my best friend. A guy who never once made me feel like my health issues were a burden neither financially or in any other way. This guy came along on doctors appointments (many of them out of the state), then there were all the medications (that were mostly paid out of our own pocket), and then there was the endless amounts of money and work we had to put into our home to keep me “healthy”. A guy who also believed in me when (out of the blue) I told him I felt strongly that I needed to “start a blog”. Without question, his immediate response was “then we need to do it” , then he got busy working with me tirelessly for five months until it went live. Bob, you protect me, guide me, you laugh with and at me, and you show me love like nobody before you. I thank God every day for you and I am a better person for having you in my life.
Happy anniversary Bob. I love you.
This picture was taken about ONE minute before Bob unexpectedly proposed.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- Organic strawberries
- 1/2 cup Cashew butter (use a cashew butter that has been in the refrigerator)
- 1 tbsp Coco powder unsweetened (add another tsp for more chocolate flavor. I use equal exchange)
- 4 1/2 tbsp Oat flour
- 1/2 tsp Maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla
- 2 1/2 tbsp Healthy simple syrup (this is simply boiling 2 1/2 tbsp of xylitol with 2 1/2 tbsp of water.)
- pinch Salt
- Combine all ingredients in food processor.
- Chill the "dough" in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
- Cut the tops off of the strawberries.
- Take small pieces of dough and roll into balls a bit smaller than a golf ball.
- Flatten out that ball into a circle. Place a strawberry flat side down on the chocolate circle. Work with the chocolate to cover the strawberry, then take it in your hand and make a ball again until you can no longer see the berry.
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